Days like yesterday, I just want to burn shit down.
I, like so many, woke up to news about dozens dead and hundreds injured after an angry man opened fire on a sea of strangers in Las Vegas. And then I went through what many of us have experienced so often before: Shock. Anger. Sadness. Frustration.
The terror, then grief, thrust upon hundreds is absolutely needless—and preventable. That’s why I am so furious: Because events like those in Las Vegas (and Orlando, and Sandy Hook, and San Bernadino, and Aurora, and many more) are predictable. They will keep happening—unless we as a country do something about it.
Action, not words to stop gun violence
The predictable rhythm of a horror like the Las Vegas shooting goes like this: Shooting. Shock. Prayers and thoughts to the survivors and the victims’ families. Temporary outrage. Then—back to the status quo.
But what our country needs is action, not condolences and prayers. We need gun reform. We need lawmakers who will protect citizens through common sense restrictions on assault rifles and rapid-fire weapons. We need to stop pretending to be shocked at each new atrocity because mass shootings have been happening for years—and they will continue to happen until we make real changes.
What you can do to stop gun violence
Yes, I feel as if I’m burning up inside, and I want to set fire to everything and everyone complicit in these senseless acts of violence. I won’t pretend that anger away because it is justified.
Instead of smoldering inside, though, I’m taking action—and I hope you will, too. Fight helplessness. Make your voice heard. Help create a wildfire of change that sweeps across our nation. You can:
- Sign this petition, which will be delivered to members of Congress, to take steps to make our country safer.
- Take any of these 33 actions to push sensible gun reform.
- Talk to other parents about gun safety. (This article from PDX Parent outlines how to talk about weapons in your kids’ friends’ houses and other gun safety issues.)
- Join your local chapter of Moms Demand Action. The nonprofit group strives for something we can all get behind: a future free of gun violence.
It’s easy to fall into a hole of hopelessness—I know I’ve been there. But turn your grief, rage and frustration into a spark that changes our country—and makes it a safer place for us all.